Love & Understanding: Releasing Health in Spirit, Brain, Body and Behavior

Des Moines, IA US
April 22, 2019 to April 23, 2019


Online Registration: $165 for both days / $100 for one day

At the Door: $200 for both days / $125 for one day

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Target Audience

Healthcare professionals. 

Educational Need

Current practitioners and research have confirmed that stressful thinking negatively impacts health. The presenters will provide information which identifies the following gap: current practitioners and patients see stress as created from external circumstances. Presenters will provide proof that stress is determined by the internal thinking/feeling and processing of the individual patient. When people realize that the thinking is coming from them and not the external stressors, they find that an immediate opportunity for stress relief and healing is revealed.

Day 1: The Brain-Body Connection: Why an Understanding of Mind is Vital to Our Health

Bill, a psychiatrist and educator, has a gift for making the medical sciences accessible and showing how past and current research inevitably harmonizes with the logic of the Three Principles. Bill has been certified in numerous specialties including: general, adolescent and geriatric psychiatry, as well as addiction medicine and psychosomatic medicine. During this program, Bill, supported by Linda will weave personal stories, over 50 years of clinical experience, and a store of medical knowledge into a practical understanding of the healing nature of the Three Principles.

The Problem

Bill will show how chronic mental stress, (e.g., guilt, resentment, unresolved grief, feeling driven, worry, over-analysis, investment in what others think about us, and frustration related to the inability to control others’ behavior) leads to the chronic activation of the body's emergency stress response. This response is designed to be called upon for up to 30 minutes to assist us to survive life-threatening emergencies.

When prolonged, this response manifests in massive shifts in hormones, a powerful inflammatory reaction and reallocation of internal resources, such as the immune system, away from their usual function of ensuring growth, health and optimal functioning.

The body alerts us to chronic activation of the stress response through progressive internal feelings of dis-ease and physical symptoms. If these symptoms are not understood as helpful alarms, additional progressive physical deregulation and "illness" (i.e., a louder alarm) often occurs.

The Solution

An incremental understanding of Mind, the formless energy that uses our brain is both preventative (a vaccine) and curative. Being aware of this understanding produces an internal experience of life that is gentler, more joyful, more loving, and more present. This leads to a higher level of emotional, psychological and physical health. This health is incrementally independent of past painful experience, present challenges, and future uncertainty.

7:30 amRegistration and Light Breakfast
8 amNo Person's Psyche is Better Than Any Other's
9:15 amBreak
9:30 amOne Cause: Factor 'P'
10:30 amBreak
10:45 amOne Cure: Factor 'U'
11:30 am Lunch
1 pmWhat about the 400 Diagnoses, and 400 Theories and Treatments?
2:15 pmBreak
2:30 pmStories to Back Up Your Bold Assertions
3:30 pmAdjourn

Day 2: The Medicine of Wisdom: How the Power of Love Guides and Heals Us

Linda, a counseling psychologist, educator and writer, has a gentle, matter-of-fact way of making the spiritual nature of the Three Principles accessible and practical. She blends fascination with her direct experience of the mystical nature of the Principles with respect for the knowledge she gained while practicing 36 years as clinician, coach and counselor educator. Her teaching resume includes masters and doctoral courses in: psychological theory, ethics, research, counseling skills, group facilitation, lifespan psychology, learning and memory, psychopharmacology, diagnosis, case conceptualization, and neuroscience for clinicians, among others.  This day will be led by Linda, supported by Bill.

“Love is not just an idea.  Love is a living, breathing essence that the wise can pluck from the air at will and then like a master artist mold it into something beautiful.”
-- Syd Banks, Second Chance, pg. 115

A medicine, for Native Americans, is mystical spiritual presence and power that can manifest in a person, a place, in nature, or in a phenomenon.  Medicine is another name for Wisdom, the spiritual intelligence behind life, which is always guiding us. When something is “mystical” it is points to “belief in the existence of realities beyond perceptual or intellectual apprehension but central to being and directly accessible by intuition.” (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language)

Most of us do not know to look to our Minds for the answers we seek about how to live healthy, happy and productive lives, no matter what our age or circumstances. When we know where to look for answers, life can be gentler. When we recognize Wisdom, the everyday ordinariness of life can be magical, beautiful, meaningful and sacred. 

When life brings challenge, difficulty and pain, Medicine for moving through and healing from it is especially accessible.  Often, in such times, our first inclination is to look to thoughts stored in the brain for answers.  But the brain’s resources are limited. As the futility of figuring things out becomes apparent, surrender, a quieting, can occur.   In this quieter state, the veil between the physical and the spiritual thins, making it easier for us to notice wisdom.

During this presentation, Linda, supported by Bill, will use personal and professional stories to illustrate how wisdom shows up in the all-ness of life.  She will share how the Three Principles unify and clarify the understanding of things mystical, such as wisdom, intuition and synchronicity, bringing clear logic to that which is thought of in many disciplines as unscientific and unacceptable for conversation. For Linda, mystical awareness is entirely practical and ordinary.  It is the sustenance of the wise.

Linda often speaks of Medicine as “good”, “better” or “best.”  Good medicine is to be found in books, teachers, drugs – any external healing agent.  Better medicine is to be found in knowing how to work with energy in the body. The best medicine is found within, via a direct experience of Divine Wisdom. Join Linda in a conversation, at once practical and mystical, about the Medicine within that is always guiding us toward love and understanding, health and healing.

7:30 amRegistration and Light Breakfast
8 amQuestion and Answer Session
9:15 amBreak
9:30 amWisdom as Medicine
10:30 amBreak
10:45 amA Spoonful of Surrender Helps the Medicine Go Down
11:30 am Lunch
1 pmWhat’s Love Got to Do with It? Everything
2:15 pmBreak
2:30 pmGood, Better, Best: Sharing and Summary
3:30 pmAdjourn

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the purpose of the physiology & neurobiology of resilience when we are in a healthy state of mind.
  • State the purpose of the body's emergency stress response.
  • Identify the physiological and hormonal aspects of the body’s stress response.
  • Identify how thought can inappropriately activate the body’s stress response.
  • Define allostatic load, including the long term physiological and psychological burden of chronic activation of the stress response.
  • State how an insight-based understanding of the Universal Principles behind the creation of the human experience can maximize the presence of optimal phycological and physiological functioning.
  • Identify how unconditional love can manifest in individual well-being, relationships, and improved physical health.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 10.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 10.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 10.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 10.50 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/22/2019 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
04/23/2019 - 3:30pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Center
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines' most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.


Dr. Bill Pettit has shared the Three Principles within his psychiatric practice for more than 35 years. Bill was mentored personally for over 26 years by Sydney Banks, and his direct experience with Syd’s teaching closely informs his work. His most recent speaking and coaching work has focused on overcoming trauma, and the understanding that there is just one cause—and one cure—for mental illness. Bill is board-certified in psychiatry and holds an M.D. from University of Illinois College of Medicine and a B.A. from Creighton University, and has been previously board-certified in mind-body medicine, and twice certified in addiction medicine. He presently holds an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Creighton University School of Medicine. Bill also served as a physician in the United States Navy for more than 9 years, including 3 years as a Navy Flight Surgeon and 3 years as Chief of Psychiatry of the Navy Nuclear Submarine base at Groton, Connecticut.

Since 1983 Dr. Pettit has been a student and sharer of the Three  Principles, presenting at many national and international programs and conferences, and consulting clients, individuals and organizations both locally and abroad.

Bill and his wife, Linda, now live in Phoenix, Arizona, where Bill continues to practice psychiatry two mornings a week, and devoting the rest of his time and energy sharing the Three Principles through as many avenues as possible.

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Dr. Linda Pettit’s* recent work with the Three Principles has focused on overcoming trauma and finding wisdom for moving gracefully through transformative change. She often works with women, couples, mental health professionals, and coaches, utilizing her 35+ years of clinical experience and 12+ years sharing the Three Principles, to inform the spiritual nature of her work. Linda has an Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University, an M.A. in Counselor Education from Siena Heights University, and B.A. in Journalism from Michigan State University.  Her mental health career has included work in addictions, criminal justice, community agency (child and adult), private practice and academic settings.  Most recently, she served as director of a counselor education program and dean of a graduate college. Currently, Linda is licensed as a psychologist in Michigan.

Since learning about the Three Principles, Linda, both alone and with her husband, Bill, has offered speaking, practitioner training and consulting internationally to individuals, couples, and groups in business, academia, mental health and the public.

Linda lives with Bill in Phoenix, Arizona and spends summers in Hastings, Minnesota. Together, Bill and Linda enjoy the company of five children and their significant others, and nine  beautiful grandchildren ranging in age from 8 months to 19 years.

* Linda Pettit will be joining us virtually.

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Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and 3 Principles. Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 10.5 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurses: Des Moines University continuing education is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 10.5 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other health providers: This live activity is designated for 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. 

Educational Grants

No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 10.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 10.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 10.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 10.50 IBON


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Online Registration: $165 for both days / $100 for one day

At the Door: $200 for both days / $125 for one day

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If you have questions, please contact Scarlett Lunning at